I am so excited to share this easy DIY love sign with you!
Rustic, charming, even functional!
Don’t even get me started on this stain color ~ a little obsessed at the moment!
It was time to finally get some kind of decor up on my walls, and I’ve been loving all the marquee decor that I’ve been seeing. I have not been loving the PRICE of marquee decor,
SO I decided to create something of my very own for a fraction of the cost.
The lumber for this sign cost me less than $5, and this entire project less than $10!
Below I have provided step by step pictures and instructions for creating your very own lighted love sign.
I hope this inspires you to create your own!
Here is what you’ll need:
2 cedar fencing planks – 6’x5″ each. I purchase mine from Home Depot and they run about $2 each.
Take them to the back and have them cut them in half (they offer this as a free service).
1 furring strip – You’ll need to cut this into 2 pieces – 14″ each. I use my trusty hand saw for this.
1 old (will not be used again) DVD or CD – for real ~ you’ll see why in just a sec!
3/4″ nails (6)
Minwax Water Based Stain in Slate (or any other color of your choice)
White paint (I used Vintage White FolkArt acrylic)
2 Darice Moonbeam LED light packs – I purchased these at JoAnns and used my coupons.
They retail for $5.99 each (with my coupons they came to $3.50 each).
Choose 3 of your cedar planks to work with. I pick the least perfect ones and even use my utility knife to lance the edges of some of my planks to give them an even more worn appearance.
Glue and nail furring strips to back of your three boards.
Apply wood glue to each furring strip and place approx. 4″ from each end of the sign. Reinforce with nails.
Stain front and edges of your sign. I use a less is more approach with staining. I like seeing the wood grain pull through the slate grey stain, and I love the weathered more distressed look, so I don’t worry about staining every inch of the wood.
Using my Cricut Expression, I cut an 11.25″ L, heart shape, V, and E.
I use a little tape to secure each letter and “eyeballed” my spacing.
Using a pencil, I traced my letters.
Fill in your traced letters with FolkArt Vintage White acrylic white paint (or color of your choice).
Don’t forget to leave the heart alone – no paint at this point.
Paint doesn’t need to look perfect, we are going to sand it at the end, so perfection is not needed with this project! 🙂
Mark with a pencil 24 holes along your heart tracing. Spaced a little over 1″ apart each.
If you choose to do more than 24 holes you will need to purchase more of the LED lights.
Drill your holes.
Erase your remaining lines.
Here’s where that old CD or DVD comes in handy.
Place your old DVD over the center of your drilled holes and use this as your stencil.
Insert LED lights from the back of the sign and secure battery packs next to furring strip with hot glue or tape.
If you plan on hanging your sign up, you can add hardware of your choice at this point.
VOILA! I love how it turned out, and hope you do too!
This sign is so versatile… could be used above a bed and used as a night light, or resting on top of a beautiful mantle.
I can imagine so many places to use this in my home, and I think it looks just as great with the lights off.
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